Arsene Wenger says the football fraternity will look back on Cesc Fabregas’ career and recognise the positive influence had by Arsenal, but insists he’s no regrets about not re-signing the Spanish international.
Confirming for the umpteenth time that the Gunners did indeed have first refusal on the midfielder, the boss spoke from the heart about his love for the 27-year-old as a player and a man before underlining the need for all parties to move on.
Facing the media ahead of a showdown with his old captain at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Wenger remarked:
“I think Fabregas will have a great career because he’s a great player. When he looks back he will find that Arsenal and myself had a very positive impact on his career. Nobody can dispute that.
“I hope that, for every single person in the world, they have the feeling that we had a positive influence and that he had a great career. That is all you can do.
“I wish him well – he’s a great player, and a person and player I love. Once he left us, he left us. We are all professionals and we have to accept that.”
Drawing attention to the myriad options he has at his disposal in attacking midfielder, the boss underlined he’s no right to quibble with the fact Fabregas eventually ended up at Chelsea.
“When he left we bought Ozil to buy an offensive player,” he said. “We have Cazorla, we have Wilshere, we have Ramsey, we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are all offensive players.
“We were not in the need to buy offensive players. It makes sense if you just look at the balance of the team. I think that’s a decision that is easy to understand.
“I think everybody has the freedom to go where they want. We have to respect their decisions. As long as we are not in contention we cannot stop people going where they want.”
The manner in which Fabregas pushed for an exit has left a sour taste in the mouths of certain Arsenal fans. And quite frankly, that’s not overly surprising. At the same time there’s no denying the quality of the player and the talismanic passion he showed during his eight years with us.
It’ll be strange to see him in a Chelsea shirt on Sunday, of that there’s no doubt. It’s something which Arseblog touches on in this piece for the Guardian. Well worth a read in my humble opinion.